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Sean is a American born business consultant who specializes in US-China business and cross-cultural relations.

  • Chinese Spring Festival Unboxing – Celebrate the Year of the Dog

    The Chinese Spring Festival is here again, and it’s time to celebrate. Watch this unboxing video to better understand the important symbols of the Chinese New Year and how you can use them in your own home!

  • 5 Reasons You Need to Learn Chinese Names

    Names are extremely important to the Chinese, and learning how to pronounce them and their meanings is an excellent way to begin engaging more with Chinese friends, colleagues, and partners. In this article I go over five key reasons we need to stop constantly asking for English names from the Chinese.

  • How to Successfully Take a Taxi in China

    One thing that stands out about China is its massive size, not just the country but its many mega cities, such as Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. Therefore, knowing how to get around quickly is important for getting by. Thankfully,… Read More ›

  • 8 Tips for Surviving the Holidays in China

    As Christmas and the Chinese Spring Festival have already come and gone, I thought it might be a good time to address a topic that can easily frustrate foreigners living and working in China. Basically, what the heck are you… Read More ›

  • A Brand New “China Groove” in 2017

    To China Culture Corner readers: Happy Year of the Rooster! It’s now March of 2017, and that means we’re well into the Year of the Rooster. And although it’s a little late, I’d still like to wish you all a Happy… Read More ›

  • Follow My China Journey on Instagram

    I’ve recently opened an account on Instagram, and will be using it to share photos of my life and work in China, as well as past photos from my travels in China. Feel free to check out my account to learn more about myself and the real China.

  • 5 Reasons a Translation Career May Not Be For You

    Do you enjoy studying the Chinese language? Are you thinking about becoming a translator? In fact, translation can be frustrating for the unprepared. Therefore, take a look at this list to learn about some of the key challenges you will face while working as a translator in China.

  • Don’t Let Assumptions Define Your China Experience!

    In this short article, I share a common experience of foreigners learning the Chinese language: sometimes no one can understand our Chinese. It is in interesting phenomenon that speaks to the assumptions we all make in our daily lives. Basically, our assumptions may blind us to the world, and make us deaf to the words others are speaking.

  • 5 Tips for Fun and Flexibility in China

    Adapting to life in China can be frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With an open mind and a basic understanding and acceptance of Chinese culture, many problems can become much less difficult. In this article, I share five useful tips for enjoying life more in China, based on my own experiences.

  • Grab Those Red Envelopes – On WeChat!

    WeChat is China’s #1 social media app, and a great place to give gifts and maintain relationships. In this article, you’ll learn the basics of gifting Red Envelopes on WeChat, and why it’s such an important tool for foreigners living and working in China.